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Nighthawk Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.7 mile 7.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,350' 411 m
Descent: -150' -46 m
High: 6,752' 2,058 m
Low: 5,492' 1,674 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by John Scalese

Wind your way uphill through drainages and meadows with fine views on this trail.

John Scalese

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Park at the Hall Ranch parking area on highway 7 just outside of Lyons. Restrooms will be found here. The Nighthawk trail leaves the trailhead from the left about 100 ft from the entrance.

The trail will then wind its way uphill and around hillsides and drainages with fine views of the surroundings. As the trail gains elevation, several switchbacks will lead to the first of several meadows that were once used for grazing when this area was an active ranch.

Eventually, the trail traverses through a ponderosa stand leading to the highest meadows. These open meadows provide excellent views of Longs peak. As you continue, you'll pass the junction of the Button Rock Trail (stay to the right).

The trail ends at the junction with the Nelson Loop. Retrace your steps or continue onto Nelson to create a longer loop.

Flora & Fauna

Birds will be about. Deer have been seen often in the upper meadow areas, where good grazing is found. Mountain lions are in the area according to the Boulder County kiosk at the trailhead.

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Aug 18, 2019
Chris Glisczinski
Jun 19, 2019
Madison Robertson
10h 13m
Aug 27, 2017
Susan Netzel
Hiked in for 1.5 then turned around 3mi
Jul 14, 2017
Malary Jones
The trail started out great then until I realized there was absolutely no shade until the last 400 feet. Dress appropriately and have LOTS of water. 8.6mi
Jan 8, 2017
Dana Pearson

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  4.0 from 7 votes

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in Hall Ranch

#7381

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in Hall Ranch

#672

in Colorado

#7,381

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